The Oforikrom Municipal Assembly in the Ashanti approved new data and by-laws to improve their revenue generation capacity to ensure total development of all electoral areas in the municipality.
Madam Gloria Temmah Gambrah, the Municipal Chief Executive (MCE) for the area, at the First General Meeting explained that, it’s long overdue for the assembly to outsource revenue mobilization, and for that matter, the need to have accurate data and also endorse their by-laws.
According to her, without the data and new by-laws, revenue mobilization will remain a challenge to the Assembly, and for that matter, affect their development agenda to improve the lives of the people. She was not happy that the assembly was still using the Kumasi Metropolitan Assembly’s (KMA) data and by-laws, which she said is no longer accurate since they became an autonomous municipality.
She expressed optimism that, once the bylaws are approved and gazetted, sanitation problem which is the major headache of the Assembly and the citizenry will be tackled.
She disclosed that, there would be stiffer punishment for anyone who would go contrary to the Assembly by-laws, especially on sanitation, after the Assembly approves the data and new by-laws, and entreated every resident to comply with the laws in other not to be a victim.
Mr. Williams Kwabena Boateng, the Presiding Member of the Assembly, also urged members of the Assembly to remain united with the executives of the assembly and forge a common development agenda for the area.
He stated that, the Assembly needs the contributions of all members to make them realize their agenda. He explained that approving the data would go a long way to ensure that, assembly is able to know the number of houses in the Municipality to help effective revenue mobilization.
He disclosed that, currently the procurement department is working hard to ensure that, all the electoral area offices are fully operational to improve revenue to reduce their reliance on KMA by-laws.
He moreover, underscored that, there will soon be a “one district one thousand dustbins”, and would embark on a sensitization programme to educate the residents on how to effectively use them before the start of distribution to help keep the municipality clean.
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